American Indian MuseumPocahontas: Her Place in the Emerging Atlantic World and Nascent United States
Pocahontas: Her Place in the Emerging Atlantic World and Nascent United States
WhenTuesday, November 19, 2019, 2 – 3 PM
CategoriesLectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online
SponsorAmerican Indian Museum
VenueAmerican Indian Museum
Event LocationRasmuson Theater, 1st floor…
CostFree; seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Related ExhibitionAmericans… 
AccessibilityWheelchair accessible

Pocahontas lived and died not only in the maelstrom of the English-Powhatan encounter in the early seventeenth century, but at a singular moment in world history. She participated in the newly emerging Atlantic world. Her legacy helped shape Europeans’ conception of that world and the United States’ conception of itself for centuries. Why and how so? Cécile R. Ganteaume explores what history records about Pocahontas and her impact on European and American thought.

About the Speaker

Cécile R. Ganteaume is a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Ganteaume writes on American Indian art, culture, and history. She is co-curator of the award-winning exhibition Americans, on view at the museum on the National Mall through 2022. Her most recent book, Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States, published in fall 2017, is the companion book to Americans. Her latest project, the exhibition series Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field, opens at the museum in Washington and New York in January 2020. Ganteaume serves on the curatorial committee of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, and is a recipient of a 2011 Secretary of the Smithsonian’s Excellence in Research Award and a team recipient of the 2018 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibitions Award.

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Photo credit: Pocahontas, unidentified artist, after Simon van de Passe, oil on canvas, after 1616, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, 1942.

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